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Empire
570 Mantua Boulevard
Sewell, NJ 08080

Phone: (800) 579-1633
Email: info@keeactionsports.com
Website: http://www.empirepaintball.com
Empire has incorporated a unique, patented valve and flow technology design into this high performance tournament-grade marker. The single tube poppet system is innovative, and delivers incredible velocity, consistency and accuracy. The Mini is small, but ergonomically designed to fit right and exceed your expectations.
 Manual: Download the manual for Empire Download
 Release Date: 2006
 MSRP: $324.99
 Average Rating:
  • Currently 4.4/5 stars.
 Reviews: 424
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Empire - Mini Reviews
Empire Mini Pros- Very light, amazing easy to maintain, Nt hard to work all the buttons easy to get to, kit came with everything you're every gonna need for this gun, and don't need a drop because its so...
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paintballmastax9
 
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Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: NJ
Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $325.00
Pros: below
Cons: below
Pros- Very light, amazing easy to maintain, Nt hard to work all the buttons easy to get to, kit came with everything you're every gonna need for this gun, and don't need a drop because its so small.


Cons-None really some say it chops for me it never has i had barrel breaks but no chops if you ask me it's their hopper forcing them in too quick. Another thing is the trigger people say its to loose or hard to adjust me you just graab an allen wrench and adjust it to your liking easily.
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Empire Mini I LOVE THIS GUN!!! This gun is really light. If you are playing snake or any bunker that you have to play tight on this is a good gun for you because that it is small in length. The stock barrel is...
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pbmini
 
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Join Date: Nov 2007
Length of use: More than 1 year
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.8/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Price paid: $399.99
Pros: Light Weight, Fast on Semi
Cons: NOTHING
I LOVE THIS GUN!!! This gun is really light. If you are playing snake or any bunker that you have to play tight on this is a good gun for you because that it is small in length. The stock barrel is OK but if you are looking for pin point accuracy then i would upgrade the barrel
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  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Empire Mini i wont this gun at a local tourny so already i liek it becouse it was free when i got it home i put my tank on it and aired it up.. this gun is tiny. yet it still packs the punch. i like how their is...
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PbPlayer97
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Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Tahoe, Vegas, Chicago
PbPlayer97 is playing at Living Legends III
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PbPlayer97 supports Team VICIOUS
Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 3.3/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Price paid: $0.10
Pros: small, no macro, very effficent, quiet
Cons: changeing settings, bad popit valve
i wont this gun at a local tourny so already i liek it becouse it was free when i got it home i put my tank on it and aired it up.. this gun is tiny. yet it still packs the punch. i like how their is no macro line to buy and it extremly easy to set the velocity and all... i wish the board was easyer to program but eh its a board.. whe i used the gun it shoot well untill my popit valve blew and had to send the gun it kee.. it came in a cool box with a parts kit and couple of other goodies.. nice gun for littler people
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Empire Mini This gun is amazing! The stock board shoots as fast as anyone should wnat it and if not then a aftermarket APE board does the trick. This is a great gun if you are littler than others. The foregrip...
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peacelovedynasty
Doom Squad
Join Date: Dec 2006
Length of use: More than 1 year
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $400.00
Pros: Everything
Cons: Close foregrip and back grip
This gun is amazing! The stock board shoots as fast as anyone should wnat it and if not then a aftermarket APE board does the trick. This is a great gun if you are littler than others. The foregrip is very close to the back grip so if you have big hands you're pretty squished in there. The worst part is the magnet that allows the trigger to set off the solenoid. Sometimes but rarely it comes off. This is easily fixed with super glue, however. The stock barrel is pretty accurate overall. The feel of the trigger is amazing, especially after 3-point adjusting. One of the best parts to the gun is the velocity adjuster and how esily you can change the operating pressure. Another great part is the no hose feature your gun is shorter and the hose won't get in the way of a messy paintball where you can't clean it.

"And that's really all i got to say 'bout that."
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  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Empire Mini This goes out to everyone, but mainly those people who've seen a mini or have a mini with the first run issues. I LOVE my Mini!!!! I bought it off ebay for $250, with the old poppit, detents, etc....
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Join Date: Jun 2008
Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $250.00
Pros: light, GREAT price for what tyou get($325)
Cons: takes a lot of adjusting and costomizing
This goes out to everyone, but mainly those people who've seen a mini or have a mini with the first run issues. I LOVE my Mini!!!! I bought it off ebay for $250, with the old poppit, detents, etc. and i took it out to play with and was VERY dissappointed. I had blowback, LOTS of kick, and the trigger was really APITA. I took it back home, and messed with it a bit. I took the pressure down to 160psi, put it on NXL mode, 20bps, 28dwell, with the velocity cap all the way in, and ran through about three tanks. I noticed the kick and blowback were both gone. I then pulled a pair of earbuds apart and took out the magnets, and put them on top of the original trigger return magnet too increase tension. I then backed out the hes sensor screw and the one right next to it(pre or post travel?)all the way, making the trigger farther forwards, and easier to reach with your middle finger.i know this sounds like a lot, but its really not, and you people who have been playing for a long time no that you have to do some customizing with every gun you get. if you have the old run of mini, I found that running my Mini with 7 milliseconds of dwell(28dwell), pressure at 160and BIP at 1 works the best. You guys with the newer mini, if you are having problems, could try this as well. To top it off, the Mini is the best gun in this price range i have owned!!! 15 out of 10!!!!!!! P.S. the only thing i didn't like abou the mini is its psp ramping mode. it is a three shot, but it has to be at 4 bps, which you cant do if you shoot, duck behind the bunker, shoot...
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  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Empire Mini This is my first Electronic Marker. The look of it ultimately made me buy it. I saw it and was like **** I gotta have that. Plus I like Empire soo...yeah. But yeah the stock barrel is actually...
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Join Date: May 2007
Length of use: More than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.3/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Price paid: $400.00
Pros: Sleek, Very light, No hoses, easy maintenance
Cons: Leak problem, Somewhat hard to hold
This is my first Electronic Marker. The look of it ultimately made me buy it. I saw it and was like **** I gotta have that. Plus I like Empire soo...yeah.

But yeah the stock barrel is actually pretty good. I have had no breaks with it. Pretty accurate but Im gonna upgrade to a 14 inch barrel.

It has no hoses so no need to worry about it malfunctioning. I have had a slight leaking problem though. I found the solution by putting extra lube on the bolt O-rings. You need to put lube on after every time you shoot it. Its easy though. Just unscrew the back and it pops right out and you just lube it up and stick it in. Ha kinda sexual.

I would recommend upgrading to a new board but it doesnt even need to be expensive. Just one that you can adjust the settings without opening up the board cover cause that takes too long.

The trigger seems to work just fine. Ive seen people add a longer screw to make a less pull but be sure to add the loctide blue lube stuff.

I took off the clamp feed. it kept coming loose. but my halo hopper fits fine in it without the clamp.

Overall its a great marker. As of now I love it after working out all the little bugs. Its light, quiet, sleek, and just cool looking. I have a black one but the Sunset looks pretty tight.
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  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Empire Mini I have had the mini for about a year and a half now and i love this gun. It is very light weight and it can shoot from any angle on the field. I have played every position with this gun and it...
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Put2Rest93
 
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Join Date: May 2008
Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $400.00
Pros: light weight, easy to operate, great stock parts
Cons: colors, not enough upgrades out yet
I have had the mini for about a year and a half now and i love this gun. It is very light weight and it can shoot from any angle on the field. I have played every position with this gun and it works fantastic. I love it, the only problems is that there needs to be more upgrades for it and more colors. Mainly i want body kis to come for it. But other than that i love the gun it is the best gun i have owned and i dont plan on getting a new one soon. I recommend this gun very much
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  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Empire Mini I bought three Invert Minis for the store and every single one of them came back (including my personal one) because of blowback and chopping problems. Two trips to Kee later they still did not...
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railz
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Join Date: Sep 2004
railz is a Supporting Member
railz donated to help Peyton Trent
railz is playing at Living Legends III
railz supports our troops
Length of use: More than 1 year
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 1.8/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 1/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 1/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 1/5 stars.
Price paid: $399.00
Pros: Small, light, easy to clean
Cons: Constant chopping/blowback problems
I bought three Invert Minis for the store and every single one of them came back (including my personal one) because of blowback and chopping problems.

Two trips to Kee later they still did not work, even after the new poppit was installed. On one return the tech sheet said the tech working on it had fixed it, yet there was broken shell and paint all the way through the bolt!

Eventually had to give refunds to two people, and I sold mine for peanuts to get rid of it.
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Empire Mini I GOT A NEW MINI N ALSO BOUGHT A GOLD BOLT BUT THE GUN WONT CYCLE I CALL TECHT N THEY SAID I NEED NEW BOLT GIDE ORINGS DOES ANY ONE KNOW WHY? OHH YEAH THE ONLY WAY IT CYCLES IF I RAISE UP THE PRESURE...
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rhinoecko1972
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Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Huntington Park
Length of use: More than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $335.00
Pros: FAST
Cons: NONE YET
I GOT A NEW MINI N ALSO BOUGHT A GOLD BOLT BUT THE GUN WONT CYCLE I CALL TECHT N THEY SAID I NEED NEW BOLT GIDE ORINGS DOES ANY ONE KNOW WHY? OHH YEAH THE ONLY WAY IT CYCLES IF I RAISE UP THE PRESURE WHAT YOU GUYS THINK?
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  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Empire Mini To start off, I got my mini in a trade for my SFT shocker. Pros: This gun is VERY small. Seriously, it makes all other markers look like they've been eating big macs. Great for playing snake...
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shawnZ1
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Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Athens, GA
shawnZ1 donated to help Peyton Trent
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Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 3.3/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 2/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Price paid: $280.00
Pros: TINY, feels very tight, nice clamping feedneck
Cons: so-so efficiency, grip frame, no on/off asa
To start off, I got my mini in a trade for my SFT shocker.

Pros:

This gun is VERY small. Seriously, it makes all other markers look like they've been eating big macs. Great for playing snake and makes it easy to snap quickly and play tighter.

Simple design- You can take this gun all the way apart and put it back together without much confusion. No pressure testing tools or diagrams needed. Maintenance is a breeze.

I love the trigger on this gun. It's completely adjustable and I got mine set just right to rip like crazy. To be 100% honest the trigger does have some side to side play in it, but I believe the later run guns have less (my friend's olive mini does at least).

Trigger guard is plenty big for all you guys out there with gorilla fingers.

Stock board has every setting I ever needed. Comes with BB eyes, and pre-programmed ramping modes.

Used one's can be picked up for $250-300. Not a bad deal at all, and I recommend them to people starting to get into speedball/tournaments.

Cons:

To start out with I had issues with an out-dated poppet giving blowback. More recently (with a new poppet) my marker seized up and vented a full 68/45 tank through freezing the whole thing up. While rebuilding it and replacing all the o-rings, I found the poppet had gotten stuck back and caused the problem. Got it working again and I still have it as a back up, but thats a major loss in reliability --> Ordered my Vice the weekend that happened.

In my opinion the stock barrel is crap (a lot of people in the forums will say otherwise). Seriously, you are WAY better off with an aftermarket of your choosing.

Although the mini's come with nice clamping feednecks, mine for whatever reason didn't screw on straight. Looked goofy as hell and I ended up loctiting it in place.

The reg is a cool innovative design that hooks into the gas-through grip. It is fairly consistent and compact, but it is not an on/off. Furthermore, you CANNOT get an on/off for the mini. Even using LP tanks the threads eventually get chewed up and the whole thing will have to be replaced ($$$). The only fix I have seen are either on/off tank regs, or and NDZ thread saver (hooks on to the reg between your tank and the gun adding about an inch to your tank length). Neither were satisfactory to me, and both add length to your setup.

The pressure gauge on the reg was a 600 PSI gauge. Running 215+ can damage the solenoid, so it is useless to have the gauge go that high. It also makes it difficult to set you pressure to say 185 when you can barely tell the difference between 150 and 200. I replaced mine with a cheap 32 degrees gauge, but really they should come stock with a 0-300.

My final beef with Invert is the screw on the back of the grip frame. The otherwise decent frame is ruined, because the screw above your thumb digs into the top of your hand. I don't usually play with gloves, so my hands were literally raw/bleeding by the end of a full day of playing I wish Invert had countersunk it or something, it sucks.

Conclusions:

Several of the problems I had were because I have an early production Mini. With the newer guns I don't think anyone will have much trouble out of them. KEE is extremely accommodating and helpful, A+ to them. The gun overall feels very tight when playing, and is a good value. Just like any other gun, take care of it and it should take care of you, too.
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  • Currently 3/5 stars.
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